September 2004 - The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) announced that it will expand the scope of its Northwest Solar Cooperative, a program that directly supports the development of new solar power projects in the Pacific Northwest. BEF has entered into an agreement with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to sell the output of another 75 kW of solar systems in the region to meet growing demand for green energy from the utility's green pricing program. The Northwest Solar Cooperative pays qualifying homeowners and businesses up to 10¢/kWh for the "green tags" produced by their on-site solar power systems. To date, the cooperative has enrolled more than 120 kW of solar energy capacity in the program, including facilities in Oregon and Washington.
PSE currently has more than 13,000 customers participating in its green pricing program, a 50% increase from a year ago.
News Release - Solar Electricity Projects Feel the Power of Puget Sound Energy's Green Tag Purchase Plans